DETAILS AT A DISTANCE
An exhibition of recent photographs by Camilo Ramirez and Irina Rozovsky, opening July 9th, 2011
On display will be images from Ramirez’s current, ongoing project Head Room , a growing collection of large color photographs taken from an array of scenes from his everyday life, woven together into a strangely coherent meditation. With fleeting visions from his distant hometown, family and immediate surroundings (like a swollen garbage bag that glimmers with dew like a jewel on the sidewalk), Ramirez maps out a personal mental space, brooding and arresting.
Rozovsky’s Before Infinity is a series of postcard sized self-portraits in which miniscule signs of non- descript cities (buildings, lamp posts, columns) are uprooted and foregrounded by a blurred face spilling in and out of the frame. At times the expression seems to ask for recognition and in other cases is entirely obscured or nearly missing, like a smudged fingerprint that marks the questionable presence of the maker. The play of forms is echoed in Rozovsky’s 16 foot long panorama Sale Way Stroll, which wraps around a corner similarly to a city block, presenting a life-size view of a composite storefront façade, disorienting with its plethora of bargains. Pervasive in both artists’ work is a shared urgency to see through and beyond what is before our eyes. By inviting serendipity, chance, and illusion into the making of their work, both Ramirez and Rozovsky transcend mere description, create an escape for the mind, and embrace a larger experience through observation of the finest details.
Camilo Ramirez was born in Santa Monica, California. He received a B.F.A. in Photography from Florida International University in 2001 and a MFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 2006. He has been included in numerous group shows throughout Florida and the Boston area and is a recipient of a 2009 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Photography. More recently his work was included in the Magenta’s Flash Forward Festival: Boston as part of the Fresh Works Exhibition. He currently teaches at MassArt, The New England Institute of Art, and Emerson College. Camilo continues to photograph and work in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
Irina Rozovsky studied French and Spanish literature as an undergraduate at Tufts University and received an MFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art in 2007. She has been featured in 31 Women in Art Photography, curated by Charlotte Cotton; Exposure at the PRC, curated by Mia Hamm; the Magnum Expression Award juried by Martin Parr; Humble Arts Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography, among others. Most recently her work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the New England School of Photography, Boston. This spring she published her first monograph One to Nothing (Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg). Irina lives in Brooklyn, NY and teaches at the Art Institute of Boston and the International Center of Photography.